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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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August 1, 2015
AHC Media

Tressi Cordaro Discusses Injury Prevention Programs, Employee Training for Healthcare Employers

August 1, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses injury prevention programs and employee training for healthcare employers in AHC Media's "OSHA: Patient handling injuries, other top worker hazards targeted." Subscription may be required to view article.   Read More

July 29, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett Discuss Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

July 29, 2015

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett comment on the two-member Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in "Short-Handed Commission Returns to Fractious Ground," published in Bloomberg BNA's Occupational Safety and Health Reporter. Subscription may be required to view article     Read More

July 21, 2015
Inside OSHA Online

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Policy Relating to Kinesiology Tape

July 21, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's reversal of an earlier policy that classified the use of kinesiology tape as an OSHA recordable medical treatment in InsideOSHAOnline's "OSHA Backtracks on Medical Tape as Medical Treatment After Pressure From Sports Trainers." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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August 12, 2015

OSHA Proposes Changes to Recordkeeping Rule

August 12, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule intended to overcome a court ruling that barred the agency from citing an employer for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. The rule, proposed July 29, would amend 29 CFR § 1904 to clarify that... Read More

May 4, 2015

The Heat is On: What Employers Can Do to Protect Employees from Heat-Related Illness

May 4, 2015

As a cold winter finally comes to an end, many of us look forward to summertime warmth. But sun and heat can spell danger for workers who are exposed to soaring temperatures and a rising heat index. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), thousands of workers in the United States get sick... Read More

March 6, 2015

OSHA Internal Memo Outlines Triage Process for Reported Fatalities, Injuries

March 6, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, employers in states with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration jurisdiction must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities (occurring within 30 days of a work-related incident) within 8 hours of learning of the fatality, and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses... Read More

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Blog Posts by Tressi L. Cordaro

OSHA Issues Extensive Hazard Communication Directive
August 5, 2015

On July 20, 2015, OSHA published a long awaited Directive on the revised Hazard Communication Standard (“HCS”), Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012), CPL 02-02-079. Read More

OSHA Attempts to Overturn AKM-Volks Decision through Proposed Rule
August 3, 2015

In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that OSHA could not issue citations for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors v. Sec’y of Labor, 675 F.3d 752 (D.C. Cir. 2012). Read More

OSHA Issues New Interpretations of its Process Safety Management Standard
August 3, 2015

Authored by:  Linda Otaigbe OSHA has recently issued several memoranda updating guidance on its Process Safety Management (“PSM”) standard. On June 5, 2015, OSHA issued a memorandum to Regional Administrators explaining how inspectors should enforce recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (“RAGAGEP”) requirements. Read More